Monthly Archives: June 2016

THE OFFICE

I am sitting here hunched over my laptop as my order arrives at my workstation. Night has started to descend, and they have started switching off most of the lights in the building. I am one of the few souls still in office.

I am over-worked, stressed out of mind and my frustration levels are approaching saturation point! I have a client presentation to finish by tomorrow and project report to hand in to my boss first thing next morning. Oh, and it doesn’t help that I have reached a complete road-block with both these tasks

I take a sip of my Iced Tea. Aaaahh. I exhale wistfully, looking down at my glass. There it stood, completely chilled, calm, in a total state of total peace. Completely contrasting my current state.

I stare at my blank screen, waiting for some sort of inspiration to hit me.

It doesn’t take too long. Too long for me to get distracted, that is.

I once again fall prey to my old friend, Procrastination.

I plug in my earphones, open my playlist and start my mindless surfing of the Internet, accompanied of course by regular slurps on my Iced Tea.

Half an hour later, as I reached the end of my glass, I closed my browser and am once again greeted by the blank screen. It doesn’t seem so daunting and scary now.

I don’t know if it was the Iced Tea or the music, but I suddenly feel more refreshed and rejuvenated than ever before!

It’s a simple fact that most people choose to ignore. The most important thing required to win the race are the pit stops.

You know, on second thoughts, it must have definitely been the Iced Tea.

And now if you’ll excuse me, I have a ton of work to finish.

TWO MEN AND CHAI

I slumped into the store, completely drained, ordered my chai and settled down by the corner. It hadn’t been an easy day and once again work had gotten the better of me. This was becoming a bit of a routine now.

My chai arrived and each sip spread a warm, fuzzy feeling through my body. I could almost feel the life being pumped back into me, sip by sip.  I started to look out at the street in front; everyone seemed to be in such a hurry, heads bowed, immersed in their phones, hardly ever stopping to converse with anyone. Everything was changing too fast and the gap between my peers and I was getting wider by the day.

I took another sip. Well, at least this was one thing always there for me.

The world which once upon a time seemed my oyster, was moving too fast for me, and the thought of being left behind scared me.

My thoughts were interrupted my a loud CLANG and my chai spilled all across the table. I looked up to see the cause of this commotion.

” So sorry Uncle, didn’t see you there. I was sending out this mail to my boss, didn’t see you there. Sorry ”

Typical.

” Why don’t I get you another cup and we can have our chais together?”

Hmm, this was new.

What followed for the next hour or so, was one of the most interesting conversations I’d had.  To be quite honest, I can’t recall any one topic we talked about at length, but I do know that the just like the chai, the conversation and laughter flowed seamlessly. Phones lay forgotten as we  shared stories,interacting with worlds we had both never quite understood.  A little perspective never hurt anyone.

The chai played the perfect accomplice. Weaving in and out in intricate fashion, slowly pushing and guiding the conversation along . It was social networking the way it was originally meant to be.

At the end of the evening, I left the store a little bit more in touch with the world, and with the feeling that it wasn’t such a scary place after all. And you know what, I think he felt the same way.

banana cake with chai

OUR BANANA CAKE SPEAKS OUT

I lead a very interesting life. Sitting perched on the counter, I get a good view of everyone who enters the shop, and can make a fairly accurate judgment about them. Broadly, I can categorize our customers into 3 groups.

  1. First off,  you have the Morning Birds. They order the same thing each morning and don’t experiment too much. Needless to say, I’m on their list.  Now, I don’t mean to brag, but their day doesn’t start without me. Such people remain immersed in their work, and rarely look up from their phones and give me the attention I deserve. Hmph
  2. Then there are the Lunch goers.  Now, these customers always come in groups and after a quick bite head straight back to work. I’ve noticed that they always show some hesitation before calling for my services. I don’t why they’re so scared of having a cake for lunch; they are the ones who bite, not me.
  3. Now this final group I love the most. They start to trickle in by the evening, and spend quality time with me. They usually enter tired and hungry, but always leave refreshed and smiling. It’s your guess who causes this mood swing. This group celebrates my existence with every spoon. Most evenings it gets so hectic, that I’m not even able to grace all the customers with my presence!

Well as you can see, my job isn’t a piece of cake. Do drop by sometime, and we can get to know each other over a cup of chai.

A WAY OF LIFE

Around 2000 years ago, a Buddhist monk decided to spend 7 sleepless years contemplating the life and teachings of Buddha. In the 5th year of his penance, he almost fell asleep and took some leaves from a nearby bush and started chewing on them. The leaves revived and revitalised him. It was these leaves that helped him get through the 7 years without any sleep. These were of course, the leaves of the tea plant.

A cup of chai means different things to different people. Some drink chai to start their day, some drink to get through it, and there are some for whom chai is a ‘pick-me-up’. Whatever the reason maybe, chai is a daily necessity. It’s more than just a beverage, it’s a way of life.

We understand that it isn’t possible to enjoy tea in the leisurely way it was centuries ago. The people of that time didn’t have board meetings to rush to, deadlines to meet, mails to send out and lines to code. Time is a precious commodity, but that doesn’t mean we need to forgo the simple pleasures of a good cup of tea.

That’s our aim at Chai Point. To make your chai experience expedient yet satisfying. Because we do understand that World runs on Chai.